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Coastview Vineyard

dining_coastviewChardonnay 2008


Soif wine bar on Walnut Avenue in the heart of Santa Cruz is well worth a visit if you haven’t been there. When it comes to wine, they don’t pussyfoot around—preferring instead to carry a selection of wines of note and interest. This is where I tasted Coastview Vineyard’s Chardonnay 2008, Terraces—a pale yellow beauty made by winemaker Ian Brand. Awash with luscious fruit, this is a bold Chardonnay for sure—with amazing flavors of lemon, golden apple and a touch of pear. The wine was fermented with native yeast—and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Sitting on a granite ridge top 2,400 feet above sea level in Monterey County, the vineyard is an amazing spot to grow grapes— and to admire the view from the top. A rugged road leads to the top and it’s rather a challenge for Brand and farm workers to get there. By far an easier trek is to head to Soif and share a bottle of Coastview Chardonnay with friends. Try it with a plate of cheese and some good bread.


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